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With multiple appetizers, an epic array of side dishes, and an assortment of pies to prepare -- not to mention the great big bird at the center of the table -- making Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming to even the most seasoned cooks. That's why we like to make as many dishes ahead of time as we possibly can. Here are our best make-ahead recipes for appetizers, side dishes, and desserts so you can have more time to enjoy your guests on Thanksgiving Day.
Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies | Kathy's Kitchen Table - These are a great appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas and can even be kept warm in the slow cooker!
Easter egg cookies
For knowing when to pull the bird out of the oven:
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Breasts with a Sweet and Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce